Learning Outcomes

Wound infection
  • Understand the different stages that wound infection develops through
  • Understand the need for silver dressings with a continuous cleaning and killing action for treating infection
  • Be able to apply this knowledge and select appropriate treatment plans for wounds at various stages along the wound infection continuum

Wound assessment 

  • Understand the importance of completing a full holistic assessment
  • Understand what a holistic assessment involves
  • Understand the principles of the TIMERS wound assessment tool
  • Use the TIMERS framework to follow a patient journey to perform an appropriate wound assessment and identify a treatment plan

Wound bed preparation 
  • Establish the importance of wound bed preparation
  • Identify its key components
  • Understand the role of debridement and its different methods
  • Distinguish between the benefits of surfactants versus saline or tap water
  • Implement exudate management

Pressure ulcer care 
  • Develop skills to undertake risk assessments
  • Gain an understanding of how and where pressure ulcers develop
  • Understand and practice strategies for preventing pressure ulcers in practice using the aSSKINg model
  • Be able to recognise the difference between moisture associated skin damage and pressure ulcers

Healing chronic wounds 

  • Understand the factors that can delay healing
  • Consider how medication can lead to non-healing wounds
  • Understand the importance of full assessment
  • Understand the importance of accurate diagnosis

  • To gain an understanding of Biofilm
  • To understand how Slough encourages Biofilm formation and delays wound healing
  • To gain an understanding of wound bed preparation and how Biofilm disruption aids wound healing
  • To gain an understanding of Debridement

Effective patient communication
  • Understand the importance of effective interactions to improve adherence to treatment regimens.
  • Use the sales process to guide collaborative discussion and shared decision-making.
  • Appreciate the barriers to an effective exchange of information
  • Utilise techniques and strategies to encourage patients to play a more active role in managing their own health

Care of the lower limb 
  • Recognise the types of oedema observed in leg ulceration
  • Recognise the differences between venous and lymphovenous disease in patients with leg ulceration
  • Discuss the compression treatment options for venous and lypmhovenous disease that can improve healing outcomes